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difergi

wandering on a road to an unknown destination
self actualization in a discovery mode

Friday, February 3, 2023

Always working and learning….



 Signed up this year for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2023 class. There are 50 different lessons and 25 different teachers. I love the exposure to different artists and their techniques. I try to do most of the lessons for the techniques and mediums but I do individualize the subject matter and compositions because that is just who I am.  I love the opportunity to just not have a goal for a piece other than learning and exploration. these are done in a sketchbook sometimes or just-on paper. They are not precious and that is what makes them fun.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Music

 Working small equals more posts. This is a 9x12 on canvas. It will take me two sessions normally, so that equates to two days.  I am pretty sure it is done but there is always a possibility of tweaking…..it is a strong piece IMHO visually.  Now I need to do some eBay stuff so I can fill the coffers. Later—


Friday, January 20, 2023

‘Duet’


 Starting  a new sub-series..if that is even a real thing! These works will be on paper and all 11x14, acrylic paint and mixed mediums. They will have to to do with music and song. Hopefully-My ‘behold the Night’ paintings should show perfectly with these.  These smaller ones will be for sale on Etsy. Enjoy-di

Sunday, January 15, 2023

“The Night Out”

 

This is the eighth piece of the ‘Behold the Night’ series. There will probably only be two more pieces. One of those will definitely be a musician-maybe both and they will be smaller. The series will be shown in Knoxville in June, more info as we get closer. 

This piece is collage and painting. The collage was the basis for the graffiti walls and I went from there. It is 24”x24”. I would say it depicts a slow mid-week night.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Black Tie Affair

 


7th piece of the ‘Behold the Night’ series. I have a real love/hate going with this series. I doubt them as I am doing them and then when I put them all together they sing….so I embrace the old adage- my job is to create…the world can judge. 2-3 more paintings and the series will be done. It has taken me probably a year to get the six pieces done ( note one piece is 36x48). Not working exclusively on just this series but believe me time is invested in these.  They will be showing in June at the Emporium in Knoxville.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Honored to be selected for the cover!

 

Feel so honored to be selected for the cover of volume 8 of Women Speak.  This magazine has wonderful short stories, prose and poetry.  The quality of the writing will engage you and expand you.  Well worth your time. 

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Ahhh, the Holiday Season…

I really was not planning on doing this BUT!, there are people that I just want to do a little something for this holiday season. So now, when I need to finish a painting for an exhibit in the month of January, I am wanting to make a plethora of ornaments.  To be honest-the ornaments are more fun. And when choosing between fun or not so fun…fun usually wins.  So now my goal is thirty of these, this week- no problem, she says….
 


Friday, November 25, 2022

The glamorous path to fame ….

 

A holiday trunk show at the local art center! Bread and butter, small items, prints and pillows…..all in the search for recognition.  Maybe a bit embarrassing in the fine art world-but it is what it is!  Had great sales tonight and sold an original.  No complaints - I love the journey.  A sliver of my life in an 8’x8’ space…now onward to tomorrow..

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

“Magic in the Stars”

 

Lately, I have been drawn to stars-especially a wand with a star top and ribbons.  To me the star represents magic. Not magic as in spells etc., but the magic and joy of life.  So a star is a great thing and meant to share.  So I am sharing with you. Love-Sigh….

This is a smaller piece (11x14) on paper and will be on eBay.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

“Diva in the Spotlight”

 

Titling this one, “Diva in the Spotlight”.  The mood is hot and sultry so it fits in perfectly with my ‘Behold the Night’ series.  I was inspired by a photograph by a former student of mine (#elementaleyesphotography).  Hopefully, I caught the moment in my painting just as she (Sandy Holmes) did in her photograph.




Sunday, November 6, 2022

A Magical Walk in the Woods

 

A small 11x14 piece, acrylic on paper. This piece is just oozing with layers of color and of course, magic! It is for sale on eBay. I often put smaller works that are not part of a series or body of work on eBay.  So just search Difergi and you will find it. 😊 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Girls Night Out

 

Nothing like a “Girls’ Night Out” for my ‘behold the night’ series.  Jury is out on this one right now.  As always there is a lot going on in the background! Do not want to bore my viewers…enjoy!

Friday, October 21, 2022

“Behold the Nite”

 

New piece in the new series for a Show next June. I am having a lot of fun with these. Keep watching👍…

Monday, October 10, 2022

“Party Nite”


 Third in my series about night life…this one is full of fun and joy. A lot to notice in this one!

I will be showing this series in June in Knoxville. I plan to have at least eight pieces in the series-so back to work.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

No title yet!

 

This is a fun smaller piece (11x14) acrylic on paper. It is suppose to represent beginnings, boldness and wisdom.  Who knew! Not sure it does all that but I find it charming. There is just something about it that warms my heart. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Had fun today…

 

I had fun today.  This is my favorite type of imagery to paint. Colorful and imaginative faces always surprise and delight me.  They are what I need to incorporate into my paintings more.  I know, I know, I am working on it.

I am posting just to check in so that you know I have not fallen off the face of the earth. Behind the scenes, I am working on a series that I am calling-Behold the Night.  It has to do with some imaginary clubbing and I will be showing it next June and hopefully more than just then.

So hello and good bye…I will keep in touch. Hugs!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Exciting news…

 

Wait for it….coming soon…Collectible ART BLOCKS!! Small art blocks, just the right size for bookshelves, office desks and all sorts of spaces. Currently in production phase but will be ready in October. These will be available in my ETSY store and in retail stores in the area. Very affordable and they make great gifts.  Stay tuned…

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Studio space….


 This is where the small magic happens! Anything up to 11”x17”happens here.  

We have been in this house for about a year and a half and this studio space is just now feeling like home.  The studio is a long, narrow walk out basement.  This picture is the end of the room with (the bad news) the only windows and a beautiful view of Tennessee rolling hills (the good news). The mid section of the room is set up with an easel for large paintings and the far end is computer and storage. There are also tables for utilitarian and sometimes crazy projects.

Periodically, I straighten everything up and have to take a picture….as in today

Monday, July 18, 2022

“Saturday Night “

 

This is a companion piece to ‘2am’ and I am calling it ‘Saturday Night’. Part of me really is tempted to put a crown on her head but I am going with the old adage that you get dressed up and then take one piece off. Wouldn’t want to overdress her…lol. 

Next piece of the series will have a winged person..I think. One never knows when you are painting because the paintings have opinions of their own……

Enjoy…di

Friday, July 8, 2022

Still working on the studio

 

Since I am not going to barbecue in my walk out basement studio-the barbecue hood came down and custom shelving will be built and inserted👍. Very excited..it took us a solid year to find some one to remove the metal hood as it was embedded in brick…but score one for the team and we move forward…

Work in progress…


 Do not usually post uncompleted work on my blog (that I do on Instagram #difergiart), but I haven’t posted lately and don’t want you-my peeps, thinking I am a sloth!

This is going slowly for two reasons. One, it has a lot of detail involved. Two, it doesn’t have to be done until the end of August. I also have been doing some side art smalls that take time! That is kinda of number three, and now I am officially whining…lol.

Bottom line, I am liking where this is going-stay tuned…

Sunday, June 5, 2022

My image was selected!

 

So excited. This image was selected by Friday Health Plans to be used on their promotional materials for the state of Tennessee. The company held a national competition and selected one artist’s work for each of the eleven states in which they do business.  Mine is, of course, for the state of Tennessee.  I chose to include In my piece, the Cherokee mountains and our state flower, the iris.

It is an honor for my work to be selected.


Sunday, May 29, 2022

“The Gift”

 


I love it when a painting names itself! The title for this piece was obvious to me. Hopefully, to you also.

This piece seems to be, as always, narrative but also a bit ‘sentimental’…not sure that is a good thing. Perhaps, in these divisive times my soul is searching for harmony and the art is reflecting that.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

ACEOs

 

Working on small ACEO’s, that I sell on eBay. I have fun doing them and it gets my name out there.  They are whimsical and bring in the $ for art supplies etc.  Getting ready to start a ‘real’ painting’ this week and waiting to hear from two exhibitions.  So life continues on. It is all good.



Saturday, April 16, 2022

Works in progress for competition….

 

These are not done yet but they are getting there! I have been chosen as one of three artists in Tennessee to compete for a cover on a national company’s promotional material.

The company has chosen the top three artists in each state that they have business in. I am Tennessee, hence, the Smokey mountains and irises (state flower). 

These are about 70% done and I will not show them finished until the winner is announced.  Am not sure which one I will submit and won’t know until they are finished. I have 7 days to complete them so will be busy.

This is the finals, so keeping fingers crossed. If not the winner, I am honored to have gotten this far. I have received some compensation already for my efforts and will have two new paintings for sale, so all is good…looking for some collectors from Tennessee!

Monday, March 28, 2022

Art reflects….

 

Artist reflect their times. With all that is happening in Ukraine, it is impossible to disconnect from the pain of its people. There was no way I could not react to what is happening in our world today. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and I believe that to be true. I have not decided on a title yet but it will emerge. Hopefully, you feel the ‘title’ in your soul.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

2 AM

 

This took quite a while! It is 36”x48”. I am going to do some smaller ones next as I am more of an instant gratification type of girl! 24”x36” is probably my favorite size painting to work on. For some reason I also like to work on a square shape which a lot of people do not like to do. But I am rambling-forgive me🙃. 

I think this piece gives you a feel of that early morning strangeness-and you have to love the lady in the lower left👍….enjoy!

Thursday, March 3, 2022

‘Blest’




 Reworked some more and officially done and titled. Blest is the archaic form of blessed! So google informed me. And they are being blessed.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Still working….deadline looming

 

This piece is slow going because I am not sure how I want it to play out.  It is trial and error all the way.  I think the title will be “Two AM”, we shall see.  Just checking in as we are just getting past all the holiday stuff and I am begging for routine. Hopefully, this painting will be done by March 1 for a show.  No promises.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Have been busy👍

Trying out a retail space……

Showing at the Knoxville Airport (second from the right)

Showing at Athens Area Center for the Arts-Two person Show


Starting new large painting

 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

‘Dare to Dream’


 Newest piece for my upcoming show at the Athens Art Center, Athens, TN. The show opens November 5th and runs through most of December. The piece is 24x36 and I have to say I really love it. Because of the pandemic there is no satin finish spray varnish to be found, so this will have to be sealed with a matt finish. Not my favorite but it is a sign of the times. Once we get through the holiday season, I hope to do a larger piece with colorful characters 👍. ENJOY…

Saturday, September 4, 2021

September Art Opening

Have been really busy getting ready for this show. That is why I did not do much posting for the last two months.  This show was at the “Emporium’ in downtown Knoxville, TN. It opened last night, September 3rd.  The venue is huge and featured 5 different artists. The show runs through September. There were about 800-1000 people who came through and sales were made, ( I love it when my work is displayed in someone’s home👍). My next show is scheduled for November in Athens, TN. Ya’ll come ….




 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Saturday Night in Cartoonville

 

A frivolous piece on paper (11x14). It just happened, do not know what to tell you…I just had a major birthday and I think I have lost my mind. But it is cute so I will share it for now. ❤️Di